Studying the Bible (pt. 3): The Model

A Model of Bible Study

1. Read and Pray Through the Text

As you prepare to study a passage it is important that you read through the text, and pray that the Spirit will help you to understand and apply its meaning. It can be very helpful to stop and pray over each section of the passage you are studying.

2. Make Careful Observations

You must take the time to make careful observations. Look for key words, establish parts of speech, and determine the big picture of the text.

3. Make Careful Notes

Always keep careful notes of your study. Writing out your thoughts will help you to form them, and will preserve them for future reference.

4. Understand the Context

Make sure that you understand the context of a verse within its paragraph, its book, and the bible as a whole. Many interpretive mistakes can be avoided by understanding the context of a passage.

5. Find Cross-References

As you determine the meaning of your text make sure to check your conclusions with the teaching of the rest of the Bible. Let Scripture interpret Scripture when it is possible.

6. Use Good Resources

Find good resources such as commentaries, cross-references, and word studies to help you in your study. These resources will help you understand a passage, but they must always by given a place of secondary importance behind the actually text of scripture.

7. Draw Conclusions

It has often been said that the meaning of the bible is the bible. In other words, you haven’t really studied the bible until you have drawn conclusions about what it means.

8. Apply the Text

James 1:21-22: Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.